Brisbane is the perennial nice guy of Australian cities, that is the one you would settle down with but wouldn't consider dating when you are young and seeking freedom. Yet there are a number of great outdoor adventures that you can have in Brisbane.
Here are 5 great adventures you can have in Brisbane region.
Kedron Brook Cycle Way to Nudgee Beach and beyond
Brisbane's cycle network is constantly growing, however my favourite is the Kedron Brook Cycle Way. This very long cycle path goes from Stafford to Nudgee Beach and crosses only a single road in over 20 km. The section west of Stafford has a few sections that goes along the road but also passes through some very lovely countryside and farms.
Most people however do the Toombul to Nudgee Beach ride or take the turn off before Nudgee Beach and pass through the very beautiful Boondall Wetlands. Keen cyclists can continue on to Shorncliffe and every ride along the beach track all the way to Redcliffe and Scarborough.
Overall one of the great cycling tracks in Australia, passing past farms, 2 shopping centres, multiple beaches, cliff tops, wetlands and of course great restaurants at Sandgate and Redcliffe.
There are several locations for kayaking in Brisbane. Kayaking along the Brisbane river at night is a spectacular experience and cruising the tidal waterways near Nudgee Beach and Boondall are great opportunities for bird watchers. However the number one experience is in the Redland area.
Even the beginner kayaking can enjoy paddling around the bay in Manly or around the popular Wellington Point. Expect to see a variety of sea life, especially sea turtles, dugongs and dolphins. If you want to avoid waves or weather you can instead head up Tingalpa Creek
Dolphins and sea life frequent the Redlands Bay area
The really adventurous can head out to the islands. On a calm day this is not particularly challenging though you want to be very fit if you plan to make it all the way out to North Stradbroke Island, though there are numerous smaller islands that are easier to reach. .
Climbing at Kangaroo Point
A popular activity for adventurous visitors to Brisbane is to practice rock climbing on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point. The broad stretch of the cliffs means that you can try easier or harder climbs depending on your experience level, all under the instruction of a River Life instructor. It is probably best to have practiced first at an indoor climbing gym.
With amazing hikes and mountains to the north, south and west of Brisbane it is often easy to forget that there are also amazing hikes within the Brisbane area itself. There is a continual area of bushland that starts at Mt Coot-tha and extends up to D'Aguilar National Park, including Mt Nebo and Mt Glorius. It also includes three Seqwater reserves and some additional state reserves. These are linked together by fire trails, unmarked tracks as well designated and signed walks.
So whether you want to go on a quick walk up Mt Coot-tha to have coffee at the Kuta Cafe or hike for days, this is all possible with a starting point in Brisbane. One of the best hiking adventures is doing the circuit of the Engogera Reservoir which is a lovely 12 km walk, while the more adventurous might want to try the 17 km Lake Manchester circuit. Remember with these hikes, you are on unmarked tracks and it is possible to take a wrong turn and head off for hours and even days, so make sure you hike with maps or at least a GPS.
When you think about boating in Queensland your first thought will probably be island hoping around the Great Barrier Reef up north, yet you will notice the large numbers boat owners in the Brisbane Area. The reason is that Moreton Bay is an amazing collection of islands that rival anything found up in North Queensland (I grew up in North Queensland, so I feel comfortable with saying that.)
The most popular place to learn to sail is around Manly. Being relatively well sheltered it is a great place to start. More experienced sailors can hire boats and cruise on out around the Islands to the south or head up north to Moreton Island. It is not surprising some boat owners spend every weekend out on the water around Brisbane.
For the less adventurous there are a range of day or weekend cruises out to the islands. One of the most popular day trips is to South Stradbroke Island and one of the most popular weekend cruises is to Moreton Island.